Love Is Patient
Love is patient… 1 Corinthians 13:4 (rsv)
Ugh…how we hate to wait! Ever gotten bent out of shape over a delayed flight? A backed-up doctor’s office? A long checkout line? A microwave that takes too long?
I once heard one way to know if you’re impatient is if you punch thirty-three seconds on the microwave timer because it takes less time than punching the three and then the zero—they’re at least two inches apart!— but then you cringe because you end up waiting longer!
I had to chuckle the other day during an e-mail conversation with my mom. She has her hands full with a day job, an evening business, marriage, grandparenting, church activities and on and on. Like many of us, she found herself wishing for more time on the clock. Initially, I agreed with her, until it hit me. Who are we kidding? We’d just pack in more to- dos, only to moan about still not having enough time!
And then in the midst of all this moaning, I read that love is patient. Wow, that verse convicts me like none other. Plain and simple. In several Bible versions, the beginning of 1 Corinthians 13:4 reads the same. Real love is patient, with no clarification of “unless your day gets too crazy.”
One thing that can be particularly difficult to wait on is an answer to prayer. But during those waiting times, we can experience Jesus’ patient love for us. He often shows extreme patience in sending His answer because He loves us too much to let us settle for an incomplete one. When we give Him time to perfect His provisions, we don’t rob ourselves of His best, and we don’t diminish His joy at providing just what we need.
Love Him enough to wait for His loving response.
FAITH STEP: Meditate on Jesus’ promise that “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27, niv). Ask Him to help you wait peacefully and patiently instead of restlessly.
Written by Erin Keeley Marshall